Odisha meeting chairman SN Patro on Tuesday cited the conduct of senior congressman MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati, who lifted a chair in front of the speaker’s podium before resigning it after his call for a discussion on alleged irregularities in the mining sector was rejected.
Mr Bahinipati, the party’s main whip, also threw away his headphones while protesting the Speaker’s decision down the pit of the House.
“You are a senior member of the House and this is not proper behavior in the Assembly,” Patro said.
The congress leader demanded a discussion of the “mining irregularities” by means of a postponement motion, which was rejected by the chairman.
He claimed that the mine owners are looting Odisha and demanded action against them.
The congressman had first raised the issue at Zero Hour and again in the session after lunch. Later he organized a strike.
Opposition BJP chief Mohan Majhi claimed he sees the hands of the congress leader behind the speaker’s rejection of the message for discussion.
He claimed congressional leaders were hand in hand with the government in the alleged scam.
Mr Bahinipati said: “I will resign from politics if the BJP leader can prove that Congress leaders or MLAs are involved in the mining irregularities.”
He claimed that thousands of crores in rupees are being looted and the mineral thieves go free.
Commenting on the accusations from Congress and the BJP, Whisper President Pramila Mallick said: “It is a custom of opposition members to make allegations about mining irregularities. If they don’t have a problem, they bring it up.”
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